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In this post, I will cover adoption - one of the key things to be aware of when you're aiming for high adoption levels is that without focus on the aforementioned requirements, adoption will be low. I've been writing these in order for a reason - in order to drive high adoption levels,...
This article is a summary of a seminar I attended on the key to an engaging presentation. Following up on my prior article, how to deliver effective demos, here are some guidelines how to deliver effective presentations. This is a summary of an excellent seminar I attended, given by T...
The European Commission Wednesday levied a fine of €561 million ($733 million) on Microsoft for failing to keep its legally binding 2009 promise to offer European Windows users a choice of rival browsers. Microsoft claimed an accidental technical glitch prevented the new Windows 7 Se...
Although I started with ColdFusion for application development, I did plenty brochureware sites with HTML. I believe the version was HTML 2.0 for IE 2.0. I lived in the browser world for years doing Cold Fusion, ASP, and HTML sites. When winforms and Smart Client with web services emer...
Like Samsung, LG, HTC, Acer and Barnes & Noble before it, Nikon has signed up to pay Microsoft royalties for certain of its cameras running Android. The deal gives Nikon broad coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio. Microsoft said the agreement “demonstrates the value that bot...
Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Role introduces a new capability, Hyper-V Replica, as a built-in replication mechanism at a virtual machine (VM) level. Hyper-V Replica can asynchronously replicate a selected VM running at a primary site to a designated replica site across LAN/WAN. Here bot...
When people think of "compliance" from a Microsoft SharePoint perspective, it can mean a lot of things to a lot of different people. Every organization will have different considerations for compliance: Essentially, which regulations they need to comply with according to their specific...
To continue this series, I want to focus on another key area called Discoverability. What does this term mean? Now, you would think with an enterprise search engine, managed metadata service application, content types with site columns, and versioning that this wouldn't be so difficul...
Tech Crunch got it from Extreme Tech which got it from Phoronix which got it from a source at the big FOSDEM open source conference in Brussels that Microsoft – which is reportedly planning to release Office for Android, a Linux distribution, this year – is taking a “meaningful look” a...
With IaaS combined with the many features Windows Azure offers, the opportunities for enterprise IT as well as small and medium businesses are real and exciting to employ cloud as a delivery platform for LOB services including media and phone apps.
SharePoint Gone Wild: When Governance Lacks Training will give a look into how training requirements - or lack of them - can affect governance for SharePoint. So far in this series, we've looked at business requirements that drive governance - including accountability, quality, approp...
Avanade, the global enterprise IT services company started by Accenture and Microsoft in 2000 to focus on Microsoft widgetry, has acquired the software written by a young 15-month-old SaaS operations start-up by the name of Opstera that helps manage cloud solutions, the underlying plat...
While enterprise IT is transitioning form on-premise deployment to an emerging architecture of hybrid cloud, IT professionals are facing unprecedented challenges to change from managing servers deployed on premise to managing services in hybrid cloud, at the same time extraordinary opp...
“Microsoft has provided a $2 billion loan to the group that has proposed to take Dell private. Microsoft is committed to the long-term success of the entire PC ecosystem and invests heavily in a variety of ways to build that ecosystem for the future. “We’re in an industry that is cons...
The Financial Times claims that Silver Lake’s buyout offer for Dell has gone to $15 a share, up from somewhere between $13 and $14.25, if a tablet-induced leveraged buyout can be put together. Barron’s thinks large stockholders are pressing for $20 and the Wall Street Journal says Mic...
Over a series of posts, I will focus on horror stories, from some of our 8,000+ customers we have here at AvePoint, which provided the genesis for these business drivers. The intention of this series is to proactively help your organization understand what "could happen" and what the b...
Microsoft Tuesday released its late-to-the-party touch-enabled Office-as-a-Subscription for consumers nearly seven years after Google started flogging its “good enough” Google apps. The business version follows late next month. Of course, Microsoft dragged its feet to protect its sec...
Despite all the happy post-PC talk and the 4.9% drop in worldwide PC shipments last quarter, Windows is alive and well. Microsoft posted the numbers from its December quarter Thursday and revenues from its Windows Division were up 24% to $5.88 billion year-over-year while Windows pro...
Microsoft is in talks to help Dell finance a buyout, according to both CNBC and the Wall Street Journal. It could kick in somewhere between $1 billion and $3 billion. The rumored price to take Dell private remains around $13-$14 a share. Private equity house Silver Lake Partners ...
For many companies, the business benefits that cloud computing promises are too compelling too ignore: improved agility, lower costs, better resource allocation, and fewer operational issues. As a result, organizations have been moving commodity infrastructure and services to cloud-bas...
Not long ago, customers and prospects had to find a computer to visit your website. But today they’re online 24/7 via mobile devices. Serving your customers is now a continuous interaction, and this phenomenon will only grow in the coming years as customers and prospects demand reliabl...
The article I’m writing for part 13 our “31 Days of Servers in the Cloud” series involves using App Controller to create a virtual machine. But to do this, you first need to connect and associate App Controller (a component of System Center 2012) with your Windows Azure subscription. ...
If you are looking to get into .NET development, this book is a great place to start. This book will teach you all you need to know about C# development. It will provide C# beginners with a complete foundation on which to build other .NET skills like WPF, Windows 8 App Store, XAML, ASP...
Murach's SQL Server 2012 for Developers by Brian Syverson and Joel Murach is an introduction to SQL Server 2012 and to developing key T–SQL (Transaction SQL) skills to become a successful developer. T-SQL is the language used by SQL Server to communicate with SQL Server databases. This...
Remember Microsoft’s Surface? Well, Lenovo’s got this thing called the IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC that it’s touting as the first “interpersonal computer.” It’s a Window 8 dingus with a 27-inch screen that can be laid down or stood up so four people can use it all at once as though it ...
Following the consent decree Google signed last week with the Federal Trade Commission limiting its use of standards-essential patents (SEPs), Google satellite Motorola Mobility told the International Trade Commission Tuesday it wants to drop the two remaining video compression SEP cla...
The CSS3 Anthology by Rachel Andrews is subtitled instant CSS answers, how-to's, and examples. This subtitle clearly explains the goal of this book. The book consists of nine chapters. The first chapter is a quick review of CSS. The other chapters cover major topics such as text stylin...
I’ve been doing a lot of work with Windows Azure Mobile Services (WAMS). It’s a brilliant technology that allows you to stand up powerful OData compliant services to support your Windows 8 Store Apps, Windows Phone 8 Apps, and even iOS apps in just a few minutes. It’s hard to oversel...
After 20 years with the company Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer Craig Mundie is going to retire in 2014 after he turns 65. As a run-up he’s turning his current roll over to chief technical strategy officer Eric Rudder to play senior advisor to CEO Steve Ballmer and wo...
This is a massive cookbook with tons of recipes. It covers a ton of material and it covers it in depth. Although this book is more of a reference than a cover to cover read, every time I use it to look something up I find myself getting sucked in and reading several chapters. The auth...
This book covers a ton of topics. Actually more like 10 tons of topics. The book is broken down into 6 parts: Planning for and Deploying SharePoint Server 2013 Administering and Maintaining SharePoint Server 2013 Securing, Protecting, and Optimizing SharePoint Architecture Using S...
I did not look closely at the description of this book before acquiring it. I mistakenly thought it was going to be about the Core Frameworks iOS has to offer. I thought that because I own the previous version of the author's book The iOS 5 Developer's Cookbook: Core Concepts and Essen...
As with Nathan's book WPF 4 Unleashed this book is a pure pleasure to read. It is in full color, the content is laid out in an easy to read style, the author's writing style makes it easy to read, and the content is all valuable. There is no fluff like you find in a lot of the books wr...
Another year has gone by. Merry X-mas and Happy New Year everyone. It is time to update my book recommendation blog. This year's list will have a few new book topics added to list. I have ventured in iOS, Java, Android and Windows Store development, so along with all the usual Microso...
Embarcadero Technologies has just released a new 64-bit C++Builder solution – a linear descendent of Borland’s C++ Builder created more than 15 years ago. It’s supposed to offer a faster way to create high-performance native Windows 8 and Mac OS X PC and laptop applications as well a...
This is the book for anyone looking to get started with Visual Studio 2012 Professional. Over the years Visual Studio has become a sizable integrated development environment. The Ultimate version combined with Team Foundation Server (TFS) is a beast. This book only covers the Professio...
Red Hat Tuesday pushed out a beta of Enterprise Linux 6.4 equipped with features to interoperate with Microsoft including integration with Redmond’s Active Directory to make identity management easier in environments with both RHEL and Windows. RHEL is also supposed to be a better beha...
Google has bought Ontario-based BufferBox, a service for delivering e-commerce goods to physical kiosks. Terms were not disclosed. It lets online shoppers pick up parcels at grocery and convenience stores in the Toronto area. Google means to transition its product search to a paid comm...
Microsoft says it’s sold 40 million licenses to its new touchscreen-adapted Windows 8 operating system that hit general availability a month ago. It’s reportedly outpacing Windows 7 in terms of upgrades. For what it’s worth, Microsoft also said there were more apps in the Windows S...
Apprenda has just launched rev 4.0 of its flagship private Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), claiming the new eponymous, uniquely single-language widgetry will be the model for how to modernize existing mission-critical enterprise applications and build new cloud-architected apps and servi...